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Panel options for large precision radio telescopes
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Paper Abstract

The Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT) is a 25 m diameter telescope that will operate at wavelengths as short as 200 microns. CCAT will have active surface control to correct for gravitational and thermal distortions in the reflector support structure. The accuracy and stability of the reflector panels are critical to meeting the 10 micron HWFE (half wave front error) for the whole system. A system analysis based upon a versatile generic panel design has been developed and applied to numerous possible panel configurations. The error analysis includes the manufacturing errors plus the distortions from gravity, wind and thermal environment. The system performance as a function of panel size and construction material is presented. A compound panel approach is also described in which the reflecting surface is provided by tiles mounted on thermally stable and stiff sub-frames. This approach separates the function of providing an accurate reflecting surface from the requirement for a stable structure that is attached to the reflector support structure on three computer controlled actuators. The analysis indicates that there are several compound panel configurations that will easily meet the stringent CCAT requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70180T (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788077
Show Author Affiliations
David Woody, California Institute of Technology, Owens Valley Radio Observatory (United States)
Dan MacDonald, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Matt Bradford, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Richard Chamberlin, California Institute of Technology Submillimeter Observatory (United States)
Mark Dragovan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paul Goldsmith, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James Lamb, California Institute of Technology, Owens Valley Radio Observatory (United States)
Simon Radford, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jonas Zmuidzinas, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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